Blancpain Villeret 12 Day Flying Tourbillon Caliber 242
by Kyle Stults on April 07, 2014
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 Platinum case…enamel dial…flying tourbillon…

Blancpain Villeret Flying Tourbillon platinum case enamel dial

Not a lot of pomp and circumstance out of Blancpain this year, but as usual the manufacture from Le Brassus does not disappoint with its new year lineup.  This is the second of five new pieces from Blancpain this year, and believe it or not it is not the most complicated of the Le Brassus manufacture’s new pieces this year.   This is not to say it is not an impressive watch, because it is.  The new Villeret Tourbillon is set in a 42mm platinum case and is distinguished by a dial-side 60-second flying tourbillon with silicon balance-spring and a gorgeously decorated caliber on the back side.

Reflecting the Villeret collection identity, the dial and the painted Roman numerals are in grand feu enamel, with openworked sage leaf-shaped hands.  12 jours equals 12 days in English, a nod to the impressive power reserve of the caliber 242.

Blancpain Villeret Flying Tourbillon closeup

The Blancpain manufacture Caliber 242 is a mere 6.10mm thin, with an impressive 12-day power reserve and beautiful decoration.  The overall case dimensions are 42mm x 11.65mm.

Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Caliber 242

A red gold case is also to be offered; both are set on a chocolate brown alligator strap lined with alzavel calfskin and secured by a triple-blade folding clasp.

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Having already seen the Villeret 8 Days (a pure and elegant 3-hander + date) and now this masterful flying tourbillon, I will soon show you two more complicated pieces this year, the Villeret Carrousel Moonphase, and the Villeret Perpetual Calendar.